American Pastoral

American Pastoral by Philip Roth, 1997

Roth won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for literature with this tome.  He uses his Nathan Zuckerman character to tell the story of all-American boy next door, Seymour “Swede” Levov, and his life in urban and rural New Jersey.  Levov was an all-state high school athlete, a Marine, and a factory owner.  He even married a former Miss New Jersey. Everything seemed to be perfect, as Zuckerman sees his once and future hero.  But beneath the exterior, there is a dark side.

The book itself is something of a drag.  The fundamental action is Zuckerman meeting the Swede at a New York City restaurant to discuss a project, attending a 45th high school class reunion and running into the Swede’s brother, and finally in a long dream sequence where the life of Levov is laid out.  It is an interesting story of an American life and the under-side to it.  I enjoyed it the two times I read it, although I would trade it in for an abridge version any day of the week.

Keith L Greenawalt

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Low Pressure

Low Pressure  by Sandra Brown, 2012

This was a very good book.  It was suspenseful and kept your attention.  I love the surprise endings to mysteries.  I highly recommend this book.  Sandra Brown is a great author.

Kristina

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History of Elizabethtown College

History of Elizabethtown College:1899-1970 by Ralph Schlosser, 1971

I first read this book before I started my time at EC.  I found it in a used bookstore in Lancaster. This was my first substantive introduction to the history of the college and I loved it.  It’s a bit dryer than Chet Williamson’s book, but it comes from a legend.  Ralph Schlosser is a legend, and a bit of a hero to me.  He was a student, professor, and president of the college for about sixty years.  He first came to the school in 1905 and by the time he retired in the 1970s, he saw many of the changes that the school experienced.

If you are an Etown alum, you can’t go wrong with this book!

Blue Jays Always.

Keith L Greenawalt

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Uniting Work and Spirit

Uniting Work and Spirit: A Centennial History of Elizabethtown College by Chet Williamson, 2001

This is a very readable institutional history.  In the introduction, Williamson goes as far as to tell the story of the college approaching him, a writer of fiction, to write a history of the school.  I consider myself pretty versed in the history of my alma mater (’03), but I learned a lot from this book when I first read it.  It is actually a pretty honest account, at least as far as I understand, and does not try to cover the blemishes.

Blue Jays Always.

Keith L Greenawalt

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On Blue Falls Pond

On Blue Falls Pond by Susan Crandall, 2007

This is a great beach read!  Glory Harrison lost her husband and unborn child due to a fire.  For 2 years she suppressed memories of this.  Upon returning to her hometown, the facts surrounding the fire slowly return to her.  As this occurs, she can finally put the past to rest and begin a new life full of hope.

Sue

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Peace

Peace: A Crittenden County Christmas Novel by Shelley Shepard Gray, 2013

This was a wonderful book!  I loved it.  It is a great way to end the series.

Lisa

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After the Rain

After the Rain by Karen White, 2012

What a great beach read!  I loved this author.  She took you on a journet with a woman searching for herself and her home.

Sue

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